UKREiiF Theme Sub-Advisory Groups

The Future of Real Estate Sub-Advisory Group

This group works to develop the content and agenda within our The Future of Real Estate Pavilion.

JLL – Ian Cornock, Head of UK Regions and Midlands Region

Ian has overall responsibility for the UK regions on the UK Board and is lead director for the Midlands, he has held the latter role since 2011.

Ian has over 35 years’ experience advising corporates, investors and developers on real estate issues and represented companies of all sectors and sizes.  His main focus is Development Consultancy.  Clients include: Arden Cross Ltd,  Ballymore, Freshwater, ABF, Meggitt Plc, TRW/ZF Lemforder, Birmingham City Council and Oxford City Council.  Ian is a joint UK Board’s sponsor of JLL’s Race for Change employee network supporting the firm’s race action plan to help drive greater equality across the business.

Newcastle City Council & Invest Newcastle – Jen Hartley, Head of Economic Development & Invest Newcastle Director

Jen drives Newcastle’s ambition to attract new business, investment and jobs. As well as heading up a team of highly experienced managers, she is responsible for developing and delivering ambitious plans to support indigenous businesses to grow and ultimately to help deliver private-sector-led growth. The team also works to attract capital investment and run development campaigns for the city which includes leading the regional presence at MIPIM each year. Jen has more than 15 years’ trade and investment experience within both the public and private sector. These recently include leading on the city’s tech and digital strategy and working as Deputy Head and Trade Investment Director at Tech North, part of Tech City UK, working across the seven cities of Manchester, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Sunderland and Hull.

As well as Jen’s role at Invest Newcastle, she Head up the Economic Development Unit at Newcastle City Council, leading the economic growth (and more recently economic recovery caused due to the Covid Pandemic) on behalf of the city.

Pagabo – Gerard Toplass, Executive Chairman

Pagabo are one of the UK’s leading framework providers who aim to make procurement quicker, simpler and more effective.

As an experienced executive chairman Gerard has exceptional business knowledge and has completed over 18 M&A transactions and he now maintains significant investments in Pagabo and Sypro.

Allied London – Elizabeth Peckett, Head of Asset Management

Elizabeth joined Allied London in 2017 taking responsibility for asset strategy development across the company’s property portfolio, including Spinningfields and St. John’s in Manchester and Leeds Dock in Leeds.  She has also expanded Allied London’s TV and film production portfolio with a 200,000 sq ft acquisition in Leeds and has taken their flexible workspace brand, Department, to Savile Row in London.

Elizabeth has worked on diverse portfolios and projects during her career so far: as a Partner at Cushman & Wakefield she worked on the leasing strategies for Battersea Power Station, Edinburgh St. James and Apple.

Built Environment Networking – Keith Griffiths, Managing Director

A Chartered Quantity Surveyor by profession, and most recently was a Partner at Gleeds Chartered Cost and Project Managers for 11 years, Keith has a lot of experience and knowledge within the construction sector.

In 2011 Keith set up Built Environment Networking – the organisers behind UKREiiF – and has been working to deliver events both physically and virtually since. Running over 150 events annually the business has built up a reputation for delivering high-quality events focused on driving economic growth, enabling facilitation and new business conversations, and connecting new people together.

His experience of running events will be crucial to the Advisory Group to help inform the group on the operational side of the event.

Built Environment Networking – Louise Withy, UKREiiF Event Manager

Louise Withy is appointed UKREiiF Event Manager with responsibility for the event management planning of this new, innovative infrastructure and investment forum.  She was previously Head of Communications & Brand in the financial and retail sectors and has over 20 years’ experience of managing an extensive range of business events, with budgets ranging up to £1.5M, across the UK, Europe and Middle East.

Louise Withy

Institute of Directors – Richard Nelson, Chair – Property Special Interest Group

Richard is the Chair of the Institute of Directors Property Special Interest Group (SIG), and is also a Committee Member of the IoD City of London Branch. The IoD Property SIG aims to provide connection, development and influence as a key organisation within the property and infrastructure sector, bringing together leaders nationally and internationally with an interest in the built environment.

Alongside the IOD, Richard is the Founder and Managing Director of Abyss Global and he holds an active membership in the Urban Land Institute and the Society for Marketing Professional Services.

Built Environment Networking – Nathan Spencer, Marketing Director

Nathan, alongside his role at event organise Built Environment Networking, is the Marketing Director for UKREiiF and will be in charge of activating the events promotional strategy and driving awareness for the work the Advisory Group are doing.

He is also passionate about what UKREiiF is aiming to achieve – leading on several EDI initiatives both internally and externally and he’ll add his experience to the Sub-Group.

Prior to his role at BEN he worked for a number of years at Pentland Brands, the family-owned business which owns brands such as Mitre, Canterbury, Speedo and Berghaus. Here he headed up Mitre’s digital channels and worked alongside Disney and the English Football League on major award-winning product launches.

Social Value Sub-Advisory Group

This group works to develop the content and agenda within our Social Value Pavilion.

First Base – Liam Ronan-Chlond, Head of Engagement and Social Value

Liam is engagement and social value lead at mixed-use developer, First Base, supporting an expanding project pipeline across London, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge and Milton Keynes.  First Base specialises in placemaking and generating social value through a genuine mix of uses, to revitalise urban centres in core cities across the UK. Liam’s began his career working for an MP in Manchester, followed by senior policy roles at Sheffield, Brighton and Camden Councils. He has since spent several years supporting a range of major built environment clients with political and stakeholder engagement, public consultation and strategic communications, on projects across the country.

Construction Leadership Council – Ann Bentley, Board Member

Ann is a Global Board Director of RLB with almost 40 years’ experience as an Engineer, Project Manager and Strategic Advisor in the property, infrastructure and construction sectors.

Ann has a number of roles supporting cross industry initiatives and is a member of the UK Government’s Construction Leadership Council. She authored the CLC’s Procuring for Value Report, whilst also sitting on the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Independent Expert Advisory Panel on building safety, is a member of the CBI’s Construction Council and a Board Member of the Construction Industry Council.

Pagabo – Gerard Toplass, Executive Chairman

Pagabo are one of the UK’s leading framework providers who aim to make procurement quicker, simpler and more effective.

As an experienced executive chairman Gerard has exceptional business knowledge and has completed over 18 M&A transactions and he now maintains significant investments in Pagabo and Sypro.

Constructing Rainbows – Sharon Slinger, Director

Sharon Slinger FRICS CIWFM is the Director of Constructing Rainbows and works with built environment organisations to improve their business through implementation of diversity and inclusion strategies. With a background in quantity surveying, Sharon has 20 years’ experience working in the construction and facilities management industries for main contractors. Other roles include senior positions at STEER, RICS Yorkshire and Humber, LGBT in FM and more.

Sharon has also featured in the OUTstanding/FT Top 50 Future Leaders list and won several awards for her work in diversity and inclusion.

Built Environment Networking – Keith Griffiths, Managing Director

A Chartered Quantity Surveyor by profession, and most recently was a Partner at Gleeds Chartered Cost and Project Managers for 11 years, Keith has a lot of experience and knowledge within the construction sector.

In 2011 Keith set up Built Environment Networking – the organisers behind UKREiiF – and has been working to deliver events both physically and virtually since. Running over 150 events annually the business has built up a reputation for delivering high-quality events focused on driving economic growth, enabling facilitation and new business conversations, and connecting new people together.

His experience of running events will be crucial to the Advisory Group to help inform the group on the operational side of the event.

Built Environment Networking – Louise Withy, UKREiiF Event Manager

Louise Withy is appointed UKREiiF Event Manager with responsibility for the event management planning of this new, innovative infrastructure and investment forum.  She was previously Head of Communications & Brand in the financial and retail sectors and has over 20 years’ experience of managing an extensive range of business events, with budgets ranging up to £1.5M, across the UK, Europe and Middle East.

Louise Withy

Built Environment Networking – Nathan Spencer, Marketing Director

Nathan, alongside his role at event organise Built Environment Networking, is the Marketing Director for UKREiiF and will be in charge of activating the events promotional strategy and driving awareness for the work the Advisory Group are doing.

He is also passionate about what UKREiiF is aiming to achieve – leading on several EDI initiatives both internally and externally and he’ll add his experience to the Sub-Group.

Prior to his role at BEN he worked for a number of years at Pentland Brands, the family-owned business which owns brands such as Mitre, Canterbury, Speedo and Berghaus. Here he headed up Mitre’s digital channels and worked alongside Disney and the English Football League on major award-winning product launches.

The UK’s Net Zero Target Sub-Advisory Group

This group works to develop the content and agenda within our Net Zero Target Pavilion.

Royal Town Planning Institute – Victoria Hills, Chief Executive

Victoria has over 22 years in senior roles in planning, transport, organisational leadership and development. She latterly led the UK’s largest regeneration project at Old Oak.

Using the convening role of the Institute, she makes the case for resourcing planning and advocating the important role of putting planning at the heart of government delivery for the quality places. She is driving forward delivery of the RTPI’s Corporate Strategy, focussing on raising the profile of planning, elevating the value of professionalism, and promoting a diverse and inclusive profession to ensure genuine representation of the society in which we work. Victoria currently sits on the Advisory Group to the Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Commission.

Willmott Dixon Construction – Emma White, National Marketing and Brand Manager

Working in construction wasn’t something that crossed Emm’s mind on graduation – but within 5 years she’d applied for a role in the industry and discovered the huge influence it has in creating communities and shaping society. The common theme in her career has been communication and its power to influence. That communication is now focused on helping individuals to successfully navigate and support the future of construction. Emma believes diversity is essential but often overlooked when driving the change our industry needs, which creates a passion for her involvement in UKREiiF which will have diversity at its heart.

Avison Young – Aimee Byrnes, Director, Head of Marketing UK

Aimee Byrnes is the head of marketing for Avison Young UK. With over 15 years of experience in commercial real estate, she is a passionate proponent of the positive impact real estate can have. Bringing together experience working in infrastructure, architecture, construction and engineering this combined insight provides a truly holistic view across real estate realms. Applying this experience and expertise to shape and lead the implementation of purpose driven brand and marketing strategies which focus on creating value for people and communities.

Manchester City Council – David Houliston, Strategic Lead – Policy and Partnerships

David studied Geography at the University of Leicester and has worked in local government for 17 years in Cheshire and in Manchester. He worked on a range of physical, social and economic regeneration programmes, including project managing the high profile Ardwick City Region Pilot, which informed the subsequent Public Service Reform agenda in Manchester and Greater Manchester. Since 2013 he has worked within Manchester City Council’s City Policy team leading on economic, social, environmental and international policy work. More recently, he has led the development of the Our Manchester Industrial Strategy and Manchester City Council’s Climate Change Action Plan 2020-25.

Built Environment Networking – Louise Withy, UKREiiF Event Manager

Louise Withy is appointed UKREiiF Event Manager with responsibility for the event management planning of this new, innovative infrastructure and investment forum.  She was previously Head of Communications & Brand in the financial and retail sectors and has over 20 years’ experience of managing an extensive range of business events, with budgets ranging up to £1.5M, across the UK, Europe and Middle East.

Louise Withy

Built Environment Networking – Keith Griffiths, Managing Director

A Chartered Quantity Surveyor by profession, and most recently was a Partner at Gleeds Chartered Cost and Project Managers for 11 years, Keith has a lot of experience and knowledge within the construction sector.

In 2011 Keith set up Built Environment Networking – the organisers behind UKREiiF – and has been working to deliver events both physically and virtually since. Running over 150 events annually the business has built up a reputation for delivering high-quality events focused on driving economic growth, enabling facilitation and new business conversations, and connecting new people together.

His experience of running events will be crucial to the Advisory Group to help inform the group on the operational side of the event.

Built Environment Networking – Nathan Spencer, Marketing Director

Nathan, alongside his role at event organise Built Environment Networking, is the Marketing Director for UKREiiF and will be in charge of activating the events promotional strategy and driving awareness for the work the Advisory Group are doing.

He is also passionate about what UKREiiF is aiming to achieve – leading on several EDI initiatives both internally and externally and he’ll add his experience to the Sub-Group.

Prior to his role at BEN he worked for a number of years at Pentland Brands, the family-owned business which owns brands such as Mitre, Canterbury, Speedo and Berghaus. Here he headed up Mitre’s digital channels and worked alongside Disney and the English Football League on major award-winning product launches.

Investor Centre Sub-Advisory Group

This group works to develop the content and agenda within our Investor Centre Pavilion.

Institute of Directors – Richard Nelson, Chair – Property Special Interest Group

Richard is the Chair of the Institute of Directors Property Special Interest Group (SIG), and is also a Committee Member of the IoD City of London Branch. The IoD Property SIG aims to provide connection, development and influence as a key organisation within the property and infrastructure sector, bringing together leaders nationally and internationally with an interest in the built environment.

Alongside the IOD, Richard is the Founder and Managing Director of Abyss Global and he holds an active membership in the Urban Land Institute and the Society for Marketing Professional Services.

British Property Federation – Ghislaine Halpenny, Director of Strategy and External Affairs

Ghislaine has been Director of Strategy and External Affairs at the British Property Federation, the representative body for the commercial real estate sector, since 2015. She joined the BPF in 2009 as part of the policy team, and led the BPF’s work on planning and development, before starting the now well-established industrial committee and the regional programme. As Director of Strategy and External Affairs, Ghislaine is responsible for the BPF’s strategic relationships with Government – both Whitehall and regional, and leads the work on reputation. She also leads on the extensive diversity and inclusion programme, including BPF Futures, a network of 1,400 junior professionals.

Legal and General Investment Management – Pete Gladwell, Group Social Impact & Investment Director

After an erstwhile life as a Youth Worker, Pete joined Legal & General in 2007, launching a new generation of property funds focussed on liability matching and Defined Contributions pension schemes, and L&G’s joint venture with PGGM, which total over £5bn.  In 2015, Pete moved to lead L&G’s investments with the Public Sector – including the Cabinet Office, Local Authorities, NHS, Housing Associations and Universities – which now total over £4.5bn.

Pete holds an MA from Brasenose College, Oxford in Computation, the IMC, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and Honorary Professor at UCL. Pete is heavily involved in local community projects in Harlesden, west London and a Trustee of the Young Foundation, which works to create a more equal and just society through social innovation.

Pete Gladwell UKREiiF

Built Environment Networking – Louise Withy, UKREiiF Event Manager

Louise Withy is appointed UKREiiF Event Manager with responsibility for the event management planning of this new, innovative infrastructure and investment forum.  She was previously Head of Communications & Brand in the financial and retail sectors and has over 20 years’ experience of managing an extensive range of business events, with budgets ranging up to £1.5M, across the UK, Europe and Middle East.

Louise Withy

Built Environment Networking – Keith Griffiths, Managing Director

A Chartered Quantity Surveyor by profession, and most recently was a Partner at Gleeds Chartered Cost and Project Managers for 11 years, Keith has a lot of experience and knowledge within the construction sector.

In 2011 Keith set up Built Environment Networking – the organisers behind UKREiiF – and has been working to deliver events both physically and virtually since. Running over 150 events annually the business has built up a reputation for delivering high-quality events focused on driving economic growth, enabling facilitation and new business conversations, and connecting new people together.

His experience of running events will be crucial to the Advisory Group to help inform the group on the operational side of the event.